Cambridgeshire Scouts provides opportunities for more than 6,400 young people to gain Skills for Life. We are passionate about providing that opportunity to 1,000s more young people by helping groups and Districts to recruit many more amazing volunteers.
The County’s Growth and Development (G&D) team has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from the various successful projects completed with Groups over the past 5 years or so. We are keen to share that learning with our Districts and Groups to help boost your volunteer recruitment results.
We would love to advise and support you with:
- The all-important recruitment planning,
- Making good use of the loads of free (on brand) ready-made resources available to support you.
- Loaning PR Material, such as banners, displays boards etc., for open evenings or local community events
- Enabling you to start a new Section or Group
Adult Recruitment Tips:
- Think about the tasks that need to be done, rather than the roles you want to fill—you may find two or three people carrying out the tasks flexibly works better than trying to recruit one Leader.
- Using people’s skills and interests as a starting point means you get people who really enjoy the experience of volunteering. And only being asked to do a few tasks that fit within their skillset can make volunteering seem much less scary, especially to someone totally new to Scouting.
- We all love being part of a team so this is also really important to remember: focus on teams rather than titles. And remember, once the volunteer has joined make sure you keep them happy and show them the best that Scouting has to offer.
The Scouts’ website has some excellent advice and tips to help you with volunteer recruitment.
Before you start, it’s vital to ensure that you/your Group is ready to make a first great impression; read more here
Watch the HQ video on how social media can help you bring more brilliant people in
You can also Join one of The Scouts’ online Volunteer recruitment workshops
The Regional Service Team (RST) offers advice on a tiered basis; read more here.